study finds that reality TV sex, violence, profanity increased 52 percent since 2000.
In the four years since reality TV hit the networks, the shows’ content has become 52 percent more sexual, more violent, and more profane, according to a Parents Television Council study.
It found that during “114.5 hours of reality television, there was an alarming 1,135 instances of foul language, 492 instances of sex, and 30 instances of violence for a total of 1,657 instances of offensive content.”
The worst offenders: Big Brother 4 and The Surreal Life. Additionally, “series airing on the WB and UPN had the highest average levels of offensive content, with 25.4 and 24.2 instances of offensive content per hour, respectively.” PTC argues that the data proves that “[r]eality shows are scraping the bottom of the barrel and are sending young viewers all the wrong messages,” although network execs and 99 percent of viewers probably appreciate the increase.